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4 stars for Behrouz Gets Lucky by Avery Cassell #GenderQueer #BDSM #Romance @Avery_Cassell

CoverTitle: Behrouz Gets Lucky
Author Name & Publisher: Avery Cassell (Cleis Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 8, 2016 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Where can a middle-aged, Persian-American, genderqueer dyke find love these days? Online dating, of course! “Only butch dykes need apply” Behrouz writes, eager to swap quiet evenings and a drawer full of well-used sex toys for a real relationship. Enter a response from Lucky: younger, rougher, dominant, and far from perfect. Their first meeting explodes into powerful, rough, and panting sex, and Behrouz is soon determined not to let this captivating woman slip away. Set within a perfectly captured view of of contemporary gay, transgender and queer life in San Francisco, this debut novel is a mesmerizing read for anyone who loves sharp fiction and erotic romance.

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FourStars
For me this book was truly one of a kind. It not only en-captured erotic sex but also culture, love and empowerment.
The genuineness of the characters was another plus for this interesting novel as was their age.
Obviously very erudite writer Mr Cassell’s has managed to encompass erotica with enlightenment and passion.
~Chris

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Guest Post PLUS 5, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for Between the Lines by J. Scott Coatsworth #MM @dreamspinners

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Title: Between The Lines
Author Name & Publisher: J. Scott Coatsworth (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2015 – 15,000 Words

GUEST POST

As a writer, it’s fun when you get to choose where to set your next story. Sometimes I choose a place I know really well. Sometimes it’s a place I’ve visited a few times.  And sometimes it’s a place I’ve never been, or that exists only in my head.

But when you are writing a place that exists in the real world, I think you have an obligation as a reader to try to get the details right – and to try to capture the essence of the place.

In between the Lines, my first stand-alone novella, I hope I managed to do both.

My husband Mark and I have lived in the Sacramento area for twelve years now. It’s a quiet, humble city that doesn’t give up her charms easily – you have to know where to look. When we came here for a meeting back in the late nineties, we drove around town for half an hour looking for restaurants or gas stations and found nothing. Now I know we were just looking in the wrong part of town.

Between the Lines tells the story of a man who finds out what really lies beneath the surface – at work and at home. I like to think of it as my little love letter to Sacramento – like the city in which it’s set, there are hidden charms that only become apparent with time and familiarity.

If you live in Sacramento, or have ever spent time here, I hope the setting rings true to you. And if you haven’t, I hope it gives you a little taste of the life here in the River City.

Synopsis

Brad Weston’s life seems perfect. He’s GQ handsome, the Chief of Staff for a Republican California State Senator, and enjoys the power and the promise of a bright future. And he’s in a comfortable relationship with his boyfriend of six years, Alex.

Sam Fuller is Brad’s young, blond, blue-eyed intern, fresh out of college, running from a bad break-up, and questioning his choices and his new life in politics. To make things worse, Sam also has a thing for the boss, but Brad is already taken.

While looking for a gift for his boyfriend, Brad wanders into a curiosity shop and becomes fascinated by an old wooden medallion. Brad’s not a superstitious man, but when he takes out the medallion in his office, he sees the world in a new light. And nothing will ever be the same.

Review

FiveStars

This was short enough I read it in about an hour. It’s a fun read with a bit of humor, a bit of drama, and a bit of magic. I loved the snappy dialog and the smooth writing style.

I’ll admit, I didn’t like either Brad or Sam at first. But as their stories unfolded, Sam’s actions were understandable, and the revelation of who he was under the surface was great. Brad had a lot of growth for such a short tale.

Anything else I say would be spoilers, so you’ll just have to trust me that this one is worth reading for the surprises.

5 stars

Amy

ThreeStar

Between the Lines was about Brad getting an unusual medallion for his longtime boyfriend for their anniversary. This medallion has the ability to let Brad hear other peoples thoughts. What was supposed to be a gift turned out to be a lifesaver for Brad himself. Brad learned what people were thinking about not only him but about things in the political sector that he was working it. It also led to some peoples demise, which was probably the best part of the book. This short story had a lot of potential but seemed familiar at the same time, like I had read or seen something similar before. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Brad and Sam and when things finally clicked the story was over. It was just ok for me, could have had more romance or spice.

Angie

ThreeandHalfStars

This short story was very well written. A political adventure that rivals episodes of The West Wing, which would be why I loved it. What I struggled with was the focus; if it was a romance or a political commentary, with a paranormal twist, of course, because why not and done in such an amazing way.

 

The ending of this piece seemed far to fast-paced compared the beginning, and it started to feel a bit like instalove to me, which I’m not a fan of. However, I loved the budding relationship, particularly with Sam’s character, and how that was interwoven throughout the politics. Brad never seemed interested in Sam to me, at least not in a romantic way, so the ending just didn’t click.

 

~AJ

Excerpt

It began with a medallion.

The piece was a simple wooden disk, hand carved with the shapes of leaves and forest boughs and polished by centuries of use, giving it a patina of great age.

It sat upon a small green velvet pillow—the kind jewelers sometimes use, rather unsuccessfully, to enhance a plain necklace of false pearls. The kind you might expect to find on your grandmother’s settee, in a slightly larger size, embroidered with “Home Sweet Home.”

Yet there was something compulsive about it—something hidden in the dark crevices of the carving, filled with the dust of ages.

At least that’s what Brad would recall years later, when he thought back on the first time he saw it: the moment when the lines of his mundane life suddenly snarled, snapped, and ultimately recombined into something quite different.

Of course, he didn’t know any of this at the time.

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4 Stars for All the Pretty Things by Rae D. Magdon and Michelle Magly #FF #Political @MichelleMagly

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Title: All the Pretty Things
Author Name: Rae D. Magdon and Michelle Magly
Publication Date & Length: August 6, 2015 – 224 pgs

Synopsis

With the launch of her latest political campaign in place, the last thing Tess needed was a distraction. She had enough to deal with running as a Republican and a closeted lesbian.

But when Special Agent Robin Hart from the FBI arrives in Cincinnati to investigate a corruption case, Tess finds herself spending more time than she should with the attractive woman. Things get a little more complicated when Robin begins to display signs of affection, and Tess fears her own outing might erupt in political scandal and sink all chances of pursuing her dreams.

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Review FourStars

Such a very good book. Two strong but very different female lead characters, supported by the humorous and intelligent Samantha.
Together and apart Tess and Robins characters are a dichotomy and I feel this is one of the great strengths of this novel. Not only was the plot well written but this almost played second to the relationship between these two fascinating women.
I felt the turning point of this novel was when the protagonist was finally exposed and the two women concentrated on their own needs and the needs of each other.
If you enjoy a well written mystery and hot sex scenes then this book is a must. This is the first book I have read by these authors but I will certainly be researching further ones.
My only criticism  would be that in the beginning Tess says she has no friends, and this is entirely believable given her character, however, a couple of pages later Tess states one of the reasons for not “coming out” would be the reaction of her friends. However I did thoroughly enjoy reading this book and found it hard to put down.

Chris

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